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Dec 11, 2019

What Are the Penalties for DUI and Repeat DUI?

By |December 11th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious personal safety and public health issue. Over a recent five-year period, drivers operating a motor vehicle while impaired accounted for roughly 1 in 3 deaths on the road in Maryland, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. On average each year, there are approximately 7,884 impaired driving accidents across the state, resulting in 4,026 injuries and 171 deaths. Driving under the influence defined If you are charged [...]

Dec 3, 2019

How to Prepare for an MVA Hearing in Bowie and Crofton

By |December 3rd, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

There are two parts to any Driving Under the Influence case. The first part is the criminal case where the driver’s guilt or innocence is established. The second part is the hearing before the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). The MVA hearing establishes what happens to your driving privileges as a result of the DUI conviction. Drivers can also be required to attend an MVA hearing if they need to contest a license suspension because they [...]

Nov 26, 2019

Does Double Jeopardy Apply to Federal and State Cases?

By |November 26th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Maryland and the US government each have their own criminal statutes, their own rules of criminal procedure, and their own sentencing guidelines. Most crimes are violations of Maryland law or federal law but not both jurisdictions. For example, crimes on federal lands are usually prosecuted in federal courts while crimes on state property are prosecuted in state courts. There are exceptions to that rule, though. Some defendants are charged with both a federal crime and [...]

Nov 19, 2019

DUI Defenses for Commercial Vehicle Drivers

By |November 19th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Most people who drive need their vehicles for personal matters, such as shopping and getting the kids to their games on time. Many also need their vehicles to commute to their jobs. For a large number of people, their job is their vehicle. Commercial drivers who haul freight and inventory lose their livelihood if they lose their right to drive. Drivers of commercial vehicles, normally larger trucks, need a special license called a commercial driver’s [...]

Nov 15, 2019

Accusations of Sexual Assault When Both Parties Were Intoxicated

By |November 15th, 2019|Criminal, Sexual Assault|0 Comments

Imagine two people, both of whom are drunk or under the influence of drugs. One person accuses the other person of sexual assault. The accused does not believe he or she committed assault, or does not remember the events of the evening. In some cases, the accuser may not remember all the events of the evening, either. If both parties were intoxicated or high, and both have different recollections (if any) about what occurred the [...]

Oct 29, 2019

When Can a Juvenile Be Tried as an Adult?

By |October 29th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

States usually try juveniles differently than adults for many reasons. States treat young people who commit crimes differently because they recognize that children should be given time to mature. Many children commit nonviolent offenses such as shoplifting or underage drinking without realizing the full consequences of their actions. The aims of the juvenile system are to: Provide a treatment/rehabilitation plan for juvenile offenders instead of incarceration To remove children from homes and environments that are [...]

Oct 22, 2019

You Can Be Charged with a DUI while Driving an ATV

By |October 22nd, 2019|Legal Matters|0 Comments

Driving under the influence laws in Maryland apply to more than just drivers of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. If you drive on any gas-powered vehicle while intoxicated, you can be charged with driving under the influence. This includes ATVs, Vespas, and motorized scooters. It generally also includes snowmobiles and boats, and even gold carts. A recent case reported by NBC Washington brought home this point. The case involved a 24-year old man from Maryland who [...]

Oct 15, 2019

Do I Have to Go to the Police Station to Answer Questions?

By |October 15th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Do you have to speak with the police at the police station? Many people think the answer is “yes” because that’s what people on TV crime dramas do. Fortunately, the real world doesn’t follow TV scripts. Unless you are being arrested for a crime, there is normally no requirement that you go to the station with the police. The better alternative is to ask to speak with your criminal defense lawyer. The lawyer can explain [...]

Oct 8, 2019

The Drug Crisis in Our Prisons Is Different Than You Think

By |October 8th, 2019|Drugs|0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun reported that a Maryland woman was charged with trying to smuggle hundreds of strips of a drug that treats opioid addiction into the Eastern Correctional Institution on the Eastern Shore. The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services says they saw her “toss two blue packages containing the drugs [buprenorphine] over the visiting room wall in the western compound.” After posting $20,000 bond, she was released pending the processing of the criminal [...]

Oct 1, 2019

What You Should Know about Underage Drinking and DUI Laws

By |October 1st, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), minors between 12 and 20 account for a 1/10 of the nation’s alcohol consumption. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol is a major reason why teenagers are involved in roadway crashes that result in fatalities; more than one out of every three deaths in the 16-20 age group are due to alcohol use. Across the country, adults who drink and drive can [...]

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